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Atlanta at Detroit

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    Detroit «0100400005--

    Tigers 5, Braves 1

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    LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) - Miguel Cabrera's first home run of the spring was quite a sight. Detroit Tigers manager Jim Leyland would rather see some more groundballs hit at his new third baseman.

    Cabrera led off the third inning with a mighty home run over the left field berm in the Tigers' 5-1 over the Atlanta Braves, but he had only one ball hit toward him at third base.

    "I don't ever worry about him hitting," Leyland said of the American League batting champion. "I want to see him get some action to get used to fielding the ball. I can't play him nine innings, and at the end of five innings he hasn't had many groundballs."

    Cabrera, moving to third base this spring to accommodate Prince Fielder at first base, made a good play on the ball hit to him Wednesday, saving rookie right-hander Jacob Turner from a big inning.

    With two on and none out, the Braves' Tyler Pastornicky hit a chopper that Cabrera had to come in on and then throw across his body for the out at first base.

    "He made a good play on a guy that can run," Leyland said. "It's only a tough play if you worry about making a perfect throw," said Cabrera, who played third base in his first four major league seasons. "I just tried to get to it and not worry so much about the throw."

    Ryan Raburn's two-run triple highlighted a four-run inning off Atlanta starter Brandon Beachy. Ryan Strieby and Clete Thomas also had hits in the inning, costing Beachy a loss in his first spring start.

    "At this point last year, if I go out and do this, I'm at a totally different place in my mind," said Beachy, who has a spot in the Braves' rotation. "But today I felt good, and that's always the No. 1 thing when you go out there for the first time."

    The 20-year-old Turner, bidding for the fifth spot in Detroit's rotation, didn't get through the second inning because of four walks.

    "You want to get ready for the season, but at the same time you want to show what you can do out there. It wasn't my best day," he said. "I pride myself in not trying to walk people, so to walk however many guys I did today is obviously disappointing."

    Luis Marte came in to shut down the Braves and get the win.

    Left-hander Andy Oliver, another candidate for the starting rotation, pitched three shutout innings for the Tigers.

    J.C. Boscan drove in the Braves' only run with a groundball after Drew Sutton's triple in the seventh.

    NOTES: Braves third baseman Chipper Jones sat out a fourth straight game with sore thighs. ... Jason Heyward was 0 for 2, dropping him to .091 (1 for 11) for the spring. "Hopefully he doesn't worry about the numbers and just take it that he's getting closer to where he wants to be," said Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez. ... Tiger center fielder Austin Jackson did not play and spent the day at bunting practice. ... Next time around the rotation, Oliver will start and Turner will follow him, Leyland said.

     
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    Atlanta Braves
    HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
    Michael Bourn, CF2010110 .167
        Drew Sutton, 2B2120000 .500
    Martin Prado, 3B2000103 .273
        Brandon Hicks, 3B-1B2000022 .000
    Brian McCann, C3000005 .333
        J.C. Boscan, C2001011 .250
    Dan Uggla, 2B2000112 .375
        Jose Constanza, PR-CF1000000 .167
    Freddie Freeman, 1B2010111 .250
        Joe Terdoslavich, 3B1000000 .571
    Eric Hinske, DH2000114 .167
       a- Christian Bethancourt, PH-DH1000000 .000
    Matt Diaz, LF2010101 .182
        Jordan Parraz, RF0000000 .400
    Jason Heyward, RF2000110 .091
        Todd Cunningham, LF1000001 .000
    Tyler Pastornicky, SS3000001 .083
        Josh Wilson, SS1000000 .000
    Totals3115178  
    a-flied out for Hinske in the 8th
    Batting
    2B - Matt Diaz (1, Turner)
    3B - Drew Sutton (1, Dotel)
    RBI - J.C. Boscan (1)
    Team LOB - 11
    Fielding
    DP - Prado-Uggla-Freeman, Pastornicky-Sutton-Hicks, Hicks-Wilson-Cordier
    E - Tyler Pastornicky (2, Throwing)
    Atlanta Braves
    PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
    Brandon Beachy (L,0-1) 2344220 18.00
    Jairo Asencio 1111011 4.50
    Cory Gearrin 1000110 0.00
    Dusty Hughes 1000020 0.00
    Jason Rice 1100010 33.75
    Erik Cordier 1200000 4.50
    Zeke Spruill 1000010 0.00
    Pitches-Strikes - Brandon Beachy 21-13, Jairo Asencio 9-8, Cory Gearrin 8-4, Dusty Hughes 7-7, Jason Rice 5-5, Erik Cordier 4-4, Zeke Spruill 5-5
    Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Brandon Beachy 1-3, Jairo Asencio 3-0, Cory Gearrin 1-0, Jason Rice 1-0, Erik Cordier 2-0, Zeke Spruill 2-0
    Batters Faced - Brandon Beachy 11, Jairo Asencio 5, Cory Gearrin 3, Dusty Hughes 3, Jason Rice 3, Erik Cordier 4, Zeke Spruill 3
    Detroit Tigers
    HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
    Clete Thomas, CF3010020 .222
        Andy Dirks, CF1010000 .375
    Brennan Boesch, RF3000021 .167
        Avisail Garcia, RF1000001 .250
    Miguel Cabrera, 3B3111000 .100
        Argenis Diaz, 3B-SS1000000 .000
    Prince Fielder, DH3000010 .400
       a- Matt Young, PH-DH1000000 .000
    Delmon Young, LF2110100 .500
        Jerad Head, PR-LF1000010 .200
    Alex Avila, C2100122 .250
        Bryan Holaday, C0000000 .000
    Ryan Strieby, 1B3111002 .400
    Ryan Raburn, 2B1112100 .600
        Danny Worth, 2B1000000 .286
    Ramon Santiago, SS2011001 .200
        Audy Ciriaco, PR-3B00000001.000
    Totals2857538  
    a-grounded out for Fielder in the 8th
    Batting
    2B - Clete Thomas (1, Beachy)
    3B - Ryan Raburn (1, Beachy)
    HR - Miguel Cabrera (1, Asencio)
    SF - Ramon Santiago (1)
    RBI - Miguel Cabrera (1), Ryan Strieby (1), Ryan Raburn 2 (8), Ramon Santiago (1)
    Team LOB - 3
    Fielding
    Outfield Assists - Avisail Garcia 1
    DP - Garcia-Santiago
    Detroit Tigers
    PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
    Jacob Turner 1.1200400 0.00
    Luis Marte (W,1-0) 1.2100020 0.00
    Andrew Oliver (H,1) 3000330 0.00
    Octavio Dotel (H,2) 1111010 4.50
    Jose Valverde (H,2) 1000000 0.00
    Joaquin Benoit 1100020 0.00
    HBP - Parraz (by Jose Valverde)
    Pitches-Strikes - Jacob Turner 23-7, Luis Marte 10-10, Andrew Oliver 26-14, Octavio Dotel 6-6, Jose Valverde 4-3, Joaquin Benoit 8-8
    Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jacob Turner 2-2, Andrew Oliver 3-2, Octavio Dotel 2-0, Jose Valverde 1-2, Joaquin Benoit 1-0
    Batters Faced - Jacob Turner 10, Luis Marte 6, Andrew Oliver 11, Octavio Dotel 4, Jose Valverde 4, Joaquin Benoit 4
    Game Information
    Attendance - 8144
    Game Time - 2:46
    Temperature - 78
    Umpires - Home - Larry Vanover, First Base - Joe West, Second Base - Jerry Layne, Third Base - Andy Fletcher